Courier-Gazette Letters to the Editor, Jan. 10

Jan 10, 2019

Pay attention to zone changes proposed for Rockland

The Rockland city government is currently in the process of making significant changes to the zoning ordinances of the entire city. Reduced frontage requirements, lowering of minimum setbacks, coupled with increases to allowable lot coverage are being proposed for many zones, and will, most likely, be adopted and become law very quickly.

The proposed changes will alter current Residential AA, Residential A, Residential B, Rural Residential 1, Rural Residential 2, and Business Park zones citywide. Whether you are in favor of or opposed to these changes, I urge all citizens of Rockland to pay attention to this matter, as it will undoubtedly affect each and every one of you in some way.

Inform yourselves, in order to contemplate how these changes may affect you. If you are so inclined, use your opportunity for public comment at the City Council meeting before the final vote, as the process will soon be over.

The intended changes being considered may be viewed on the city of Rockland website under current City Council agendas and minutes. The complete text may also be viewed at City Hall or by requesting it from the city clerk.

Once again, I emphatically urge all Rockland citizens and property owners to inform themselves of these pending changes, as they may have some impact upon your current or future interests in Rockland.

Tom Whiting



Synagogue thanks dinner supporters

On behalf of Adas Yoshuron Synagogue, I’d like to thank the many Midcoast businesses that donated food, gift certificates and greenery to our 29th annual Christmas dinner at St. Peter’s Church in Rockland. We served more than 125 people this year, and sent food home as well .

Here are the businesses we’d like to thank: In Warren, we want to give a big shout-out to Mainely Poultry, which donated eight huge turkeys for our dinner. Thank you to Hampton Inn and Suites in Thomaston. In Belfast, thank you to All About Games, Bangor Savings Bank, The Belfast Co-Op, Darby’s Restaurant, Ducktrap River of Maine, Eat More Cheese, The Green Store, Hannaford, Dr. Michelle Morrow, Out on a Whimsey, Nautilus Restaurant, Rollie’s Bar and Grill and Trillium Caterers. In Lincolnville, thanks to Dot’s and The Red Barn Marketplace. In Camden, thank you to The Allen Agency, Boynton McKay, Camden Hills Dental Care, Camden National Bank, Megunticook Market, Planet Toys, Uncle Willy’s and The Waterfront Restaurant. In Rockport/Rockland, thank you to The Atlantic Baking Co., Bangor Savings Bank, First National Bank, Fog, The Good Tern Coop, Graffam’s Seafood, Green Thumb, Hannaford, Home Kitchen, In Good Company, Laugh Loud Smile Big, Market Basket, Main Street Markets, Maine State Cheese Co., Maine Street Meats, Plants Unlimited, Rock City Cafe, Rockland Savings Bank, Samoset Resort, Seasons Downeast, Shaw’s, Sweet Sensations, T.D. Bank, Dr. David Theriault, Wallace Tents and Waterworks Restaurant.

Please remember these businesses as you do your shopping!

Linda Garson Smith


New Hope says thank you

New Hope for Women would like to express our deepest gratitude to the many businesses, groups and individuals who participated in this year’s holiday family adoption program and helped make it a great success. We appreciate the generosity of these 17 partners who adopted 23 families in need, providing for a Christmas of joy and celebration and demonstrating that there are people in the community who care about them. This time of year can be a very difficult time for many of our families as they struggle to provide for basic living needs and cope with the stress and anxiety of the holiday season. By alleviating the burden of buying gifts, adopters allow these families to instead focus on being present for their children and enjoying their time relaxing during the holidays.

We give great thanks to: The Alna General Store, Bank of America, Bean Maine Lobster, Camden Hills Regional High School-Women’s Student Organization, Camden National Bank, Camden Premier Inns, Coastal Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Correct Care Solutions, LincolnHealth Miles Radiation Department, Health Information Management and Surgical Services Departments at Mid Coast Hospital, Pen Bay Medical Center Human Resources Department, Rockland Harbor Hotel, Rockland Savings Bank, TD Bank-Shared Service Strategy and Operational Excellence, Paul Burtchell, Natasha, Ken and Estelle Chase, and Nicole Hunt and Family.

Hannah Harter-Ives

Services Program Manager

New Hope for Women



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